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post #31 of 60
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Originally Posted by tiger02
Including the famous chelseas? I haven't seen that in any of the reviews.
The CT that I have seen are not corrected grain but YMMV
post #32 of 60
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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
Basic Loake, i.e., the $122.50's, is below AE in quality. They're corrected grain, for one.

What? So why have so many people recommended the CT Chelseas? I thought corrected grain was basically considered "garbage at any price"? Not so? Or are the Chelseas not corrected grain after all? Someone please clarify because I'm confused.
post #33 of 60
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Originally Posted by maxnharry
The CT that I have seen are not corrected grain but YMMV

Mine are. I never wear them and have regretted buying them since day 1. I've been just too lazy/busy to return them...
post #34 of 60
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Originally Posted by Margaret
What? So why have so many people recommended the CT Chelseas?

I've been wondering this since the first J thread about them... I have tried to warn people not to make the same mistake I made - yes, they're cheap but it is a waste of $100+ IMHO
post #35 of 60
Huh? GDL, same chelseas? From the several times J has posted pictures, they have in no way looked like corrected grain. The creases are too natural and they take to various colors of wax and cream with no problem.
post #36 of 60
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Originally Posted by tiger02
Huh? GDL, same chelseas? From the several times J has posted pictures, they have in no way looked like corrected grain. The creases are too natural and they take to various colors of wax and cream with no problem.
If they are corrected grain (apparently, I don't know well enough to say) they at least don't have the plastic fillers in them, which is my biggest complaint with most CG shoes. Yes the leather is smooth, but it doesn't appear unnaturally so, not like, say, AE corrected grain that won't even take polish or Church's bookbinder leather...
post #37 of 60
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Originally Posted by j
If they are corrected grain (apparently, I don't know well enough to say) they at least don't have the plastic fillers in them, which is my biggest complaint with most CG shoes. Yes the leather is smooth, but it doesn't appear unnaturally so, not like, say, AE corrected grain that won't even take polish or Church's bookbinder leather...

J - mine are the black version and are made of corrected leather (quite plasticky as well). I remember that you did a lot of stripping/polishing/antiquing work on yours and must say that they look quite decent in pictures. I haven't experimented at all with mine, but owning many pairs of JL, EG, C&J, GMP... it looks pretty obvious to me that either (a) the leather is corrected, or (b) it is of such terrible quality that it looks and feels like corrected leather even if it's not (never had any experience of such thing before though...)

post #38 of 60
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Originally Posted by gdl203
J - mine are the black version and are made of corrected leather (quite plasticky as well). I remember that you did a lot of stripping/polishing/antiquing work on yours and must say that they look quite decent in pictures. I haven't experimented at all with mine, but owning many pairs of JL, EG, C&J, GMP... it looks pretty obvious to me that either (a) the leather is corrected, or (b) it is of such terrible quality that it looks and feels like corrected leather even if it's not (never had any experience of such thing before though...)

Iit's possible that the black ones use different leather. It does look like a different texture in the picture. When I got mine they looked pretty dull and absorbed quite a bit of polish even on the parts I barely went over with acetone.
post #39 of 60
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Originally Posted by j
Iit's possible that the black ones use different leather. It does look like a different texture in the picture. When I got mine they looked pretty dull and absorbed quite a bit of polish even on the parts I barely went over with acetone.
I think I can answer this one; I have a pair of Loake chukkas from CT - they have the same plasticky leather. I think if you choose certain CT shoes (especially from the Black range) you get the treated heavy duty shine leather as seen above. But you can tell from the pics I think. WHen I got those black brogued ankle boots, the leather was like my Loake Norwich, not treated as above.
post #40 of 60
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Are those the suede chukka's?

No, not suede. They don't seem to have them there anymore, the closest to them seems to be the square toe chukka but mine have a rounded toe.
post #41 of 60
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Originally Posted by j
Iit's possible that the black ones use different leather. It does look like a different texture in the picture. When I got mine they looked pretty dull and absorbed quite a bit of polish even on the parts I barely went over with acetone.
I think the CT chelseas are two different models:



- notice the shape of the elastic gores.

The corresponding Loake models are probably this and this.
post #42 of 60
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Originally Posted by TKDKid
I think the CT chelseas are two different models:



- notice the shape of the elastic gores.

The corresponding Loake models are probably this and this.

You nailed it.
My black CT Chelseas look exactly like the Mitchum in that link. I prefer the last of the Mitchum which I find more elegant - but the leather is as bad as it looks...
post #43 of 60
I'm kind of curious: if you took a pair of chelseas like these to a good cobbler, would he be able to swap out the elastic gore for some leather and, say, laces or a buckle or two? Is this worth doing if it's possible, or should I just try and find something laced or buckled to begin with?
post #44 of 60
Great. This doesn't bode well for me since I'm expecting my Black CT's to arrive anyday now...
In the thread I created on this topic I don't think one person disliked these boots, and now after I order them you all come out of the woodwork.

Anyway, I'll have to check mine out to see if I like the leather or not - I certainly wasn't expecting anything "plasticy."
post #45 of 60
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Originally Posted by someoneNew
Great. This doesn't bode well for me since I'm expecting my Black CT's to arrive anyday now...
In the thread I created on this topic I don't think one person disliked these boots, and now after I order them you all come out of the woodwork.

Anyway, I'll have to check mine out to see if I like the leather or not - I certainly wasn't expecting anything "plasticy."


I did, pre-crash (actually every single time these shoes were mentioned) but since I was the only dissenting voice in a vast majority of happy customers, I got tired of posting my warnings
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